Open Season (film series)

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Open Season
Created bySteve Moore
John B. Carls
Owned bySony Pictures Animation
Films and television
Short film(s)
Video game(s)

The Open Season film series from Sony Pictures Animation consists of four films: Open Season (2006), Open Season 2 (2008), Open Season 3 (2010), and Open Season: Scared Silly (2015), along with a short film Boog and Elliot's Midnight Bun Run (2007).


Open Season (2006)[edit]

In the tranquil town of Timberline, a 900-pound grizzly bear named Boog has his perfect world turned upside down after he meets Elliot, a one-antlered mule deer. After Elliot messes up Boog's nature show, they end up tranquilized by Boog's owner Ranger Beth and then her friend Sheriff Gordy tells her to release them into the Timberline National Forest before open season for only 3 days. But when hunting season comes, it is up to Boog and Elliot to rally all the other forest animals and turn the tables on the hunters. In the end, Boog decides to stay in the forest and says goodbye to Beth (who had returned to take Boog home).

Open Season 2 (2008)[edit]

One fine spring morning, Elliot gets all prepared for his big wedding with Giselle. But little do they know, Bob and Bobbie have left a trail of dog treats in the forest for Mr. Weenie to follow, which he does and he ends up getting taken back to his original home by his owners. Elliot sees this, tells the story to Boog and the others, and they all make a mission to go save their friend before he gets turned back into a pet. In the end, Mr. Weenie thought he goes back with the wilds, But instead he decides to remain a pet once again and go live with Bob and Bobbie and the other domestics.

Open Season 3 (2010)[edit]

Boog wakes up early in his cave one spring morning and prepares for a guy's trip to start spending more time with his male friends. Unfortunately, they all decline because of family obligations; this makes Boog feel bad and take Dinkleman with him on the trip, only to discover it is not a guys trip with only one guy. He then stumbles upon a poster of the Russian Maslova Family Circus, where he meets a devious look-alike named Doug, his llama friend Alistair, and a skilled girl bear named Ursa (whom he falls madly in love with). When Doug tricks Boog into letting him switch places, Elliot and the wilds find out about this and set out to rescue their beloved bear friend (especially as the circus is going back to Russia sooner or later), with Elliot being the leader once again. In the end, Ursa decides to live with Boog and his best friends since he doesn't want to leave her or Elliot and the guy's trip becomes a success.

Open Season: Scared Silly (2015)[edit]

When an unknown creature gets mistaken for a werewolf, former hunter Shaw reopens open season. With the animals of Timberline National Forest being at risk, Boog, Elliot, and Mr. Weenie set out to uncover the mystery of the werewolf, and get open season closed. This finale respects the concepts that were depicted from the first movie, completely ignoring concepts and characters from the sequels.

Short film[edit]

Boog and Elliot's Midnight Bun Run (2007)[edit]

A short film titled Boog and Elliot's Midnight Bun Run is featured on the Open Season DVD and Blu-ray.[1]


Box office performance[edit]

Film Release date Revenue Rank (Domestic) Budget Ref(s)
United States Outside United States Worldwide
Open Season September 29, 2006 $85,105,259 $112,203,768 $197,309,027 #742 $85,000,000 [2]
Open Season 2 September 24, 2008 Direct-to-video release $8,716,950 $8,716,950 Direct-to-video release N/A [3]
Open Season 3 October 21, 2010 $7,399,925 $7,399,925 [4]
Open Season: Scared Silly December 18, 2015 $1,756,154 $1,756,154 $5,500,000 [5][6]
Total $85,105,259 $130,174,418 $215,279,677 N/A $90,500,000 N/A

Critical reception[edit]

Film Rotten Tomatoes Metacritic
Open Season 48% (100 reviews)[7] 49% (18 reviews)[8]
Open Season 2 N/A N/A
Open Season 3 N/A N/A
Open Season: Scared Silly N/A N/A

Cast and crew[edit]


Characters Films Short film
Open Season Open Season 2 Open Season 3 Open Season:
Scared Silly
Boog and Elliot's
Midnight Bun Run
2006 2008 2010 2015 2007
Boog Martin Lawrence Mike Epps Matthew J. Munn Donny Lucas Martin Lawrence
Elliot Ashton Kutcher Joel McHale Matthew W. Taylor Will Townsend Ashton Kutcher
Mr. Weenie Cody Cameron Cody Cameron
Giselle Jane Krakowski Melissa Sturm
McSquizzy Billy Connolly André Sogliuzzo Lee Tockar
Serge Danny Mann Peter Kelamis
Deni Matthew W. Taylor N/A
Buddy Lee Tockar
Ian Patrick Warburton Matthew W. Taylor Brian Drummond
Rosie Nika Futterman Shannon Chan-Kent
Maria Michelle Murdocca
Reilly Jon Favreau Matthew W. Taylor Brian Drummond
Bobbie Georgia Engel Kathleen Barr Georgia Engel
Bob Character is mute N/A Character is mute
Beth Debra Messing
Shaw Gary Sinise Trevor Devall  
Sheriff Gordy Gordon Tootoosis Lorne Cardinal Gordon Tootoosis
Fifi   Crispin Glover  
Roberto   Steve Schirripa  
Stanley   Fred Stoller  
Roger   Sean Mullen  
Nate   Frank Welker
(uncredited cameo)
Cody Cameron  
Rufus   Diedrich Bader  
Charlene   Olivia Hack  
Fox Jaw   Jacquie Barnbrook  
Doug   Matthew J. Munn  
Ursa Major   Melissa Sturm  
Alistair   Dana Snyder  
Gisela   Karley Scott Collins  
Giselita   Ciara Bravo  
Elvis   Harrison Fahn  
Ed   Garry Chalk  
Edna   Kathleen Barr  
  • Note: A dark gray cell indicates the character does not appear in the film.


Occupation Open Season Open Season 2 Open Season 3 Open Season:
Scared Silly
2006 2008 2010 2015
Director(s) Jill Culton
Roger Allers
Co-directed by:
Anthony Stacchi
Matthew O'Callaghan
Co-directed by:
Todd Wilderman
Cody Cameron David Feiss
Producer(s) Michelle Murdocca Kirk Bodyfelt
Matthew O'Callaghan
Kirk Bodyfelt John Bush
Screenplay by Steve Bencich, Ron J. Friedman,
and Nat Mauldin
David I. Stern Carlos Kotkin
Story by Jill Culton and Anthony Stacchi
From an original story by:
Steve Moore and John B. Carls
Steve Barr, David Feiss,
Stephan Franck, Paul McEvoy,
John Norton, and Kris Pearn
Composer(s) Paul Westerberg
Ramin Djawadi
Ramin Djawadi Jeff Cardoni Rupert Gregson-Williams
Dominic Lewis
Editor(s) Pamela Ziegenhagen-Shefland Patrick J. Voetberg
Steven Liu
Jimmy Sandoval
Arthur D. Noda
Nancy Frazen
Jimmy Sandoval
Maurissa Horwitz
Studios Sony Pictures Animation Sony Pictures Animation
Reel FX Creative Studios
Sony Pictures Animation
Rainmaker Entertainment
Distributor Columbia Pictures Sony Pictures Home Entertainment

Video game[edit]


  1. ^ Ball, Ryan (January 30, 2007). "Open Season Unloads on DVD". Animation Magazine. Retrieved October 31, 2015.
  2. ^ "Open Season (2006)". Box Office Mojo. Retrieved August 28, 2011.
  3. ^ "Open Season 2 (2008)". Box Office Mojo. Retrieved August 28, 2011.
  4. ^ "Open Season 3 (2010)". Box Office Mojo. Retrieved August 28, 2011.
  5. ^ "Open Season: Scared Silly". Box Office Mojo. Retrieved July 23, 2016.
  6. ^ Failes, Ian (November 1, 2016). "From 'Cow & Chicken' to 'Open Season': Q&A with David Feiss". Cartoon Brew. Archived from the original on November 1, 2016. Retrieved November 1, 2016.
  7. ^ "Open Season". Rotten Tomatoes. Retrieved August 28, 2011.
  8. ^ "Open Season". Metacritic. Retrieved August 28, 2011.
  9. ^ Adams, David (September 18, 2006). "Open Season Game Opens at Retail". IGN. Retrieved October 30, 2015.
  10. ^ Seff, Micah (November 17, 2006). "Four Ubisoft Titles Ready for Launch". IGN. Retrieved October 30, 2015.